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Hi there, I’m Samuel

BMus (Hons), MMus, DipRAM, ARAM, FGMS

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Samuel is a highly sought-after music tutor based in and around Kent. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was the Mendelssohn Scholar and Manson fellow, and has enjoyed a rewarding teaching career for over 15 years. As well as being an accomplished pianist and composer, he is a friendly, dynamic, motivated and effective teacher who is able to enthuse and inspire students with a love of music. He works with a regular roster of private pupils and is also Visiting Piano Teacher at Russell House School.

Teaching Style

From complete beginners to advanced level students, Samuel has spent many years developing enjoyable and effective teaching methods to suit everybody. He works with a wide range of people, from young children to adults. His open-minded and patient approach is always tailored to the individual needs and interests of his students, backed up by a strong theoretical and historical appreciation of the subject. He teaches in many styles, from classical to jazz to rock, pop and musical theatre.


When teaching young people, Samuel likes to involve parents in the learning process so that the hard work and achievements made in the lessons can be continued at home. When teaching adults, Samuel is aware of the balance between a professional life and musical interests and can help to devise practise strategies to fit around busy schedules.

If you are keen to take graded exams, Samuel will be an excellent mentor. He is familiar with ABRSM and Trinity syllabuses and his students have a 100 percent pass rate, with most of them achieving merits and distinctions. Many have gone on to gain music scholarships at high-ranking independent schools, enter music competitions and attend Saturday morning music school junior departments. Samuel is also familiar with most GCSE and A Level Music syllabuses and supported numerous students in gaining these qualifications.

If grades are not for you, Samuel will develop a unique approach with you or your child to cover all the necessary creative and technical points and, above all, nurture musical passion and excellence.


Beyond Piano

As well as achieving great results in their performance exams, Samuel's students often enjoy exploring composition and improvisation. Some have already written large-scale pieces and can improvise in a variety of styles. Sightreading and aural skills are also improved.

Samuel has worked on numerous education projects with UK orchestras and musical charities. He has experience in teaching children with specific needs and regularly works with Music of Life and The Amber Trust.

Composition Career

When not teaching, Samuel continues his work as an award-winning professional composer. Current projects include a new animated opera film. He was Scottish Opera’s Composer-in-Residence between 2017-2020 where he composed a variety of work including numerous scenes for Opera Highlights tours; Grace Notes with novelist Bernard MacLaverty; Le trésor des humbles for soprano and orchestra, premiered at Aberdeen’s Music Hall; The Narcissistic Fish, a new opera film; Hermia’s Nightmare, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He studied at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music, where he held the Mendelssohn Scholarship and graduated with a Bmus (Hons) and MMus degree. He was mentored by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for nine years. His broad output has also included a chamber opera, Amerika, performed at the Tête à Tête opera festival in London, and a choral anthem, The Great Silence, premiered at the Windsor Festival for the Queen’s 90th Birthday. His music theatre piece Belongings was premiered on the Caledonian Sleeper between Aberdeen and London. He has also composed four Live Music Sculptures, site-specific compositions for London landmarks, including Tower Bridge, the Monument and St Paul’s Cathedral, and co-produced Planets 2018, a new ‘Planets Suite’ performed inside planetariums across the UK. He was awarded an ARAM in 2018.

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